This year marks the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the American Red Cross is partnering with organizations across the country to commemorate the day by offering individuals a chance to help others by giving blood.
Events scheduled across the country will allow participants to give blood to help hospital patients in memory of those who lost their lives on 9/11, as well as to honor first responders who serve and protect communities every day. Some of these events include:
“We started this blood drive on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks,” said Dr. Charles A. Steinberg, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President/CEO of the Boston Red Sox. “Last year, it was several months after the Boston Marathon tragedy. Throughout these years, we have sensed and felt the compassion of Boston residents who have taken constructive action to derive good from the bad. We appreciate these efforts, yet the greatest appreciation comes from those whose lives are thereby saved, and by the families who, thank goodness, remain intact. We thank these citizens for their goodness.”
“We are thrilled to partner with the American Red Cross again for the ‘Laps for Life’ blood drive to honor the brave men and women who were the first to respond on September 11,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager, Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We hope the gifts of speed we are providing to participants will only encourage more people to register to give the gift of life.”
“This is a community event that has made a significant impact for the South Carolina Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross since 2005,” Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile said. “The tragedies of 9/11 impacted us all and it is important that we honor the victims and heroes of that day. The Darlington Raceway blood drive is a good way to pay respects to 9/11 in addition to having an impact on the lives of people that reside in the Pee Dee area.”
“Hospital patients continue to need lifesaving blood this fall, and they’re relying on the generosity of volunteer donors to give them hope in the days and weeks ahead,” said Alicia Anger, External Communications Manager, Alabama and Central Gulf Coast Blood Services. “Please consider giving the gift of life. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for patients in need – and you never know when it could be your loved one needing blood.”
“The American Red Cross and Pocono Raceway are asking you to remember those heroes and victims who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001, by helping to save lives through a generous blood donation,” said Colin Riccobon, external communications manager, Biomedical Field Marketing and Communications, “Patients depend on donors to give them hope by rolling up their sleeve.’
These blood drives come at an important time of year for the Red Cross, which experienced an urgent need for blood and platelets this summer. For more information on these and other blood drives being held across the country, or to schedule an appointment to give blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.
You can give blood every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets.